Training the Next Generation of Urologists

UW Health urologists and residentsA primary mission of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Urology is to provide the highest caliber training program, preparing residents for a career in either academic or private practice urology. Clinical proficiency, integrity and sensitivity to patient satisfaction are paramount.


The UW Department of Urology is a nationally-recognized program with a core mission to train the next generation of urologists. The faculty, residents and support staff remain committed to achieving the highest standards of residency education and training.


Residency education is rapidly evolving. It is well recognized that expertise in urology is only one facet of residency training, and it is understood that a much more complete program dedicated to responsible training of physicians is necessary. There are few issues in medicine that have stimulated greater change and controversy than the dramatic changes in residency education in the past decade.


Proactive Changes in Urology Residency Training


The University of Wisconsin has been innovative and proactive in initiating curriculum and culture changes in residency training. In addition to significant changes to the Urology Residency, the department is spearheading a project for all UW graduate medical education programs to create an institution-wide curriculum in residency training that will better achieve the teaching in the credentialed competencies and other matters of medical practice crucial to physician training for the upcoming generation.


This training will be administered to all residents and fellows affiliated with the UW Health system. This is a collaborative effort engaging the Physician Leadership Development Program and the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC).


UW Urology also recognizes and eagerly participates in the development of a new Surgical Simulation Program that will facilitate both surgical skills training and physician competency in professionalism and patient care. In 2010, the department will move to the expanded new faculty and resident office space in the Faculty Centennial Building that will provide updated and expanded office space and resources for the residents.


There are few issues in medicine that have stimulated greater change and controversy than the dramatic changes in residency education in the past decade.


The department is supported by a well-educated and committed support staff. Their efforts are dedicated to ensuring compliance and accreditation by the national governing bodies for urology. To achieve this success, the department actively participates in monthly activities of the GMEC and in the Society of Urology Chairpersons and Program Directors of the American Urologic Association.


Incredible changes in the philosophy of residency training have occurred in the past decade. With great commitment and work, UW Urology continues to achieve the highest standards in training future physicians and urologists and will continue to strive to achieve both innovation and excellence in the program.


Research Facts


The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the Residency Review Committee of the American Board of Urology (RRC) help to ensure the highest standards of training are implemented in urology residencies.


The core values of physician training are broadly categorized into six areas of competency:

  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Medical knowledge
  • Patient care
  • Practice-based learning
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based practice

We plan to formalize a seventh competency in surgical skills.